Problem with gagging with new denures

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I have just recently gotten new upper dentures. I have three teeth on the top so there is spots where the denture does clasp to the other teeth. My problem is the part of the denture that rests on the palate makes me gag. I have asked my dentist if we can cut out the palate part and make it more of a horseshoe style denture being that the dentiure does clasp on to a few other teeth.

He tells me that the palate part is there to add stability to the denture and if we cut out the palate part of the denture it won't be as stable, I have the flexible style denture. I can't see this, because the dentiure does clasp onto a few other teeth so how would it become less stable? If it wwasn't for the palate part of the denture I wouldn't have this gagging feeling which I fear I may never get used to. Any suggestions from anyone or has anyone ever has htis modification Im describing done to their upper denture.

Thanks, Russ
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Hi Russ! I have a very small mouth and had the same issue. Add to that a childhood of throat/tonsil problems and it seems even if I think about it I gag. I found that the more water I drank, swallowing small bits, helped me to get used to it. If you feel you're going to gag just lean forward a bit, breathe through your nose and swallow some more. It is very annoying but I can promise you'll get used to it.

The dentist is right about the stability. It's more the suction at the top of the mouth to hold them into place. The problem is if they trim too much away they can't add back to it. If it doesn't get better you may want to get another opinion. If it comes to that minimal trimming and test fittings should show just how little can be taken away to give you comfort.

Good luck!
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Thanks for your reply, I guess I'll just have to tough it out. It feels very strange even trying to eat with this thing in my mouth. In fact I can't. I put it in and within 30 seconds Im gagging. Oh well, could be something worse then this right.

Russ
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Wishing you luck. Has it gotten any better eating since you last replied?
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No
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Sorry to hear it hasn't gotten better, Russ.  Gagging is natural with new dentures and often goes away.  Nannette is correct that the palate area of an upper denture helps provide suction.  If the gagging persists, ask your dentist if an adjustment or a very slight trim of the back of your dentures will provide relief.  Hang in there!
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I had the same problem. My dentist was reluctant to remove any material from the palet area, but I convinced him to just remove the tiny bit that was touching the soft flesh just behind the hard pallet. It worked like a charm with no loss of grip.
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Thanks for the info I will do the same
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i had my dentist cut a u shapr from the back of my top plate i can now ear them and NO loss of suction at all she could not believe that still not eating solid food but at least i can wear them they sure are pretty ..so yes they can be altered..
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But you can't eat solid food with them? Isn't that a problem?
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Mine are not full dentures I still have three teeth on the top that the denture connects to. It's that palate part that gives me the sensation of gagging. I asked my dentist to trm that area back but with a lot of reluctance he says he will but if it doesn't work you can't add anything back to it but I think Im going to have him cut that area back anyway and give it a try. Thanks, Russ
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the not eating solids is i can not wear upper and lowers at the same time nothing to do with the cut of the uppers.. I still have full suction on mine.. it was a small u cut in the middle to get if off the gag reflex ... they are still as long just the U cut in the back.. i think if i could get them all in my mouth i could eat.. augh ...
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I recently invented the New Denture after having full extractions of 26 teeth. I knew these dinosaur dentures that were invented too many years ago needed correction. I couldn't wear the new dentures, too heavy and always gagging. Now that i have solved this problem i need to figure out how to share my invention with some recognition.
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caroline

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Kimberly PLEASE let us know about your invention
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Natalie

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YESSSSSSS... Kimberly please share.
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I'm preparing a full video for everyone to see. It will help many people and how to deal with wearing dentures for the rest of your life. I never went back to my denturist, WHY? A large number of them make dentures, fix dentures, line dentures but have never worn dentures. They have no idea what were going through. I will walk you through every step i have taken and what is best to do and use, with a Disclaimer. I just want to show everyone as this was one of the hardest things i have ever done in my life. I suffered periodontal disease and my teeth were falling out and loose, bones completely deteriorated. I will show you how beautiful my teeth were before having all extracted. But i never gave up hope as i knew there had to be a better way. My daughters are helping me prepare the video and then i will send link, thank you Kimberly
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Mary Roybal

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please show your video I have the same problem. The dentist has cut a little off the palat but I still am not comfortable. Please sow it
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Norman Orsell

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Me too please slyberguy@yahoo.com the back end of my plate hangs at least 1/4 inch off the roof of my mouth and alters my speech and ability to swallow
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I would love to see your video. I too am suffering with gagging reflex and my denture maker says there is nothing he can do other than recommend implants which are not financially viable for me
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Bell Jar

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Will you be posting your video here? Any time soon? I can not tolerate full dentures any more, have been wearing them for years. Last couple of years they have become my nemesis and are destroying my life.
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Hello Bell, Sorry to hear this. I believe everyone is feeling the same as you. I don't think anyone could ever get use to these dinosaur dentures. I will post a link here for all to go and see, as were making sure every step right is in the video right from my surgery and all is covered. I think the hardest part about doing the video is everyone is going to see me with no dentures, but people need help and need to know there is a solution. As soon as i post I'll send you the link immediately, thank you, Kimberly
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Thanks for the response Kimberly. I can't wait to see what solution you've come up with. In the meantime...is this something more affordable than implants , or even minis? (I had minis but was allergic from the minute they went it. They had to be removed - terrible disappointment) Is your invention DIY? I know what you mean abt not wanting to be seen without your teeth. I can't keep mine in for even 5 minutes. I never eat with them & I've become a serious recluse.
I can't imagine a solution!
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My full dentures gag me too. I had all my teeth pulled about 8 months ago and was given my new dentures that same day, and I've returned to the dentist every couple of months for my scheduled follow-up appointments to have a new softliner applied. A few days ago I finally mentioned my gagging problem and they shaved part of the rear of my upper off, and then the Dentist told me, "Your final appointment is in 4 months and you'll get the hardliner then. Also, if you're still gagging we can cut out the pallet altogether and your tops will be a "U" shape, just like the bottoms." I said AWESOME, I will try to get used to them now since you shaved them down, but I will probably definitely be having you cut the roof out! The dentist didn't say anything about loss of stability, suction or durability. Also, they are regular dentures, NOT snap-ons, and as far as the material they're made of I chose the middle-priced acrylic out of the 3 possible price ranges. My dentist is called Dentures & Dental Services in Joplin, Missouri. I'm male and 42 years old and have had a super sensitive gag reflex my whole life. Brushing my teeth always made me puke. The second that thick, foamy toothpaste would get towards the back of my mouth I start wretching and dry heaving, my eyes water and my nose starts snottin. People with their advice to just be patient and you'll get "used to it" don't know the struggle and don't know what we're going through. They're not understanding, I can't even look at my uvula in the back of my throat in the mirror without wretching so hard it feels like I just broke my own ribs and pulled every muscle in my ribcage! I can't swallow more than one asprin or Tylenol at a time or I wretch and throw them up on the floor. Just writing about this is making me sick.
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Did your dentist cut the roof of yours out?How did they work for you?
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Wow, Jason. I fortunately do not have that problem but your description just made me feel some of your pain. I am really curious to know how your dentist sees this playing out for you and how your denture will work well. I am sure there are others interested in this as well. Will you please let us know the outcome. Best of luck to you.
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Has video been posted


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No video from Kimberly yet :(